The Rover: Revised edition

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Carnival time in The Rover is a period when prohibitions are temporarily removed, privileges and rank suspended, and women - from convent girls to courtesans - take the initiative. Featuring multiple plot lines, which deal with the adventures of a group of love-struck Englishmen in Naples, Aphra Behn's play explores issues of love, trickery and deception, forced marriage, male power, fidelity, and the excesses of sexual passion. Hers is a male-dominated society, but one with a ...

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Overview

Carnival time in The Rover is a period when prohibitions are temporarily removed, privileges and rank suspended, and women - from convent girls to courtesans - take the initiative. Featuring multiple plot lines, which deal with the adventures of a group of love-struck Englishmen in Naples, Aphra Behn's play explores issues of love, trickery and deception, forced marriage, male power, fidelity, and the excesses of sexual passion. Hers is a male-dominated society, but one with a clear-sighted portrayal of the female predicament.

The play is widely taught on A Level courses as well as on undergraduate literature and women's writing courses. This new edition contains a completely new introduction, and takes into account important criticism from the past decade, as well as a new understanding of the nature of theatre in Behn's time, and the significance of her contribution to English drama.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408152119
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/6/2012
  • Series: New Mermaids Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 692,017
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The editor, Robyn Bolam, is Professor of literature at St Mary's University College, London.

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